Title:
Snowman kit and a method for decorating and constructing a snowman
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A snowman kit assembly 10 which includes colored applicators, such as applicators 110, 112, and 114 which allow colored material to be selectively and dynamically created and applied to a snowman or snowman structure 208, thereby allowing one or more designs to be placed upon the snowman or snowman structure 208 in a selective unicolor or multicolor manner, thereby creating an aesthetically pleasing overall appearance.



Inventors:
Begien, Patrick Clay (Whitelake, MI, US)
Sokol, Barry M. (Commerce, MI, US)
Application Number:
11/303576
Publication Date:
06/28/2007
Filing Date:
12/16/2005
Primary Class:
International Classes:
A63H33/00
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Primary Examiner:
HYLINSKI, ALYSSA MARIE
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
John G. Chupa (Farmington Hills, MI, US)
Claims:
What is claimed is:

1. A snowman kit comprising a plurality of color agents; a scarf; a hat; and a pair of substantially identical arms.

2. The snowman kit of claim 1 wherein said coloring agents comprise liquid coloring agents.

3. The snowman kit of claim 1 wherein said coloring agents comprise powder coloring agents.

4. The snowman kit of claim 1 wherein said coloring agents comprise aerosol based coloring agents.

5. The snowman kit of claim 2 wherein said liquid coloring agents reside within tubes.

6. The snowman kit of claim 1 further comprising a bag into which said plurality of coloring agents, said scarf, said hat and said pair of substantially identical arms removably reside.

7. A method for decorating a snowman comprising the steps of providing a plurality of selectively mixable colored applicants; mixing at least some of selectively mixable colored applicants, thereby forming a desired colored applicant; applying said desired color applicant to said snowman; providing a hat; placing said hat upon said snowman; providing two arms; applying said two arms to said snowman; providing a scarf; and applying said scarf to said snowman.

8. The method of claim 7 wherein said plurality of selectively mixable colored agents comprise a green colored agent; a red colored agent; and a yellow colored agent.

9. The method of claim 8 wherein each of said selectively mixable colored agents comprise food coloring agents.

10. The method of claim 9 wherein each of said food colori ng agents comprises a liquefied mixture.

11. A method for decorating a snowman comprising the steps of dynamically creating a first prepared applicant of a desired color by dynamically and selectively mixing a first and a second pre-packaged applicant having a respective and unique color; applying said dynamically created first prepared applicant to said snowman; dynamically creating a second prepared applicant of a second desired color by dynamically and selectively mixing a third and a fourth pre-packaged applicant having a respective and unique color; and applying said dynamically created second prepared applicant to said snowman.

12. The method of claim 11 wherein said first and second pre-packaged applicant comprises food coloring.

13. The method of claim 11 wherein step of selectively mixing said first and second pre-packaged applicants comprises the step of obtaining water; placing a certain amount of said first pre-packaged applicant in said obtained water; placing a second certain amount of said second pre-packaged applicant in said obtained water; and mixing said obtained water.

14. The method of claim 13 further comprising the steps of viewing the color of said obtained water; and placing a second certain amount of said second pre-packaged applicant into said previously mixed water until a desired color is obtained.

15. A method for creating a snowman comprising the steps of creating a first ball of snow; creating a second ball of snow; placing said second created ball of snow onto said first created ball of snow; dynamically creating a coloring agent, and applying said dynamically created coloring agent upon one of said two balls of snow.

Description:

GENERAL BACKGROUND

Field of the Invention

The present invention generally relates to a snowman kit and to a method for decorating and constructing a snowman and more particularly, by way of example and without limitation, to a kit which may be used to decorate and to selectively construct a snowman by the use of one or more dynamically created coloring agents, thereby creating an aesthetically pleasing snowman.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

A snowman has traditionally been created by children and others of all ages for pleasure and for decoration. Normally, in the cold and snowy climates, such a snowman is formed from a plurality of “balls” or rolls or selectively created “piles” of snow which are selectively and sequentially “piled” on top of each other, to cooperatively form a snowman structure. Other items may be added to the formed snowman structure, such as a corn cob pipe or other items which the snowman creator is able to find or locate. However, the need to find or locate such ancillary items undesirably increases the time and the complexity of the overall snowman creation process.

While the previous traditional approach does allow a snowman to be selectively created, it requires the creator to search for and find various ancillary items with which to complete the overall snowman creation process. Some desired items may not be readily found or obtained. Further, the traditional approach only causes the creation of a snowman having the color of snow (i.e. having a generally white color) which may become somewhat dirty and dreary over time and therefore is or becomes un-aesthetically pleasing.

There is therefore a need for a new method and a kit assembly which allows a snowman to be selectively created in a highly efficient and aesthetically pleasing manner and the various present inventions address such needs in a new and novel manner.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

It is a first non-limiting object of the present invention to provide a new and novel snowman creation and/or decorating method.

It is a second non-limiting object of the present invention to provide a new and novel snowman creation kit type assembly.

It is a third non-limiting object of the present invention to provide a new and novel method and a new and novel kit assembly which allows a snowman to be efficiently created in an overall aesthetically pleasing manner.

According to a first non-limiting aspect of the present invention, a snowman kit is provided and includes a plurality of color agents; a scarf; a hat; and a pair of substantially identical arms.

According to a second non-limiting aspect of the present invention, a method for decorating a snowman is provided and includes the steps of providing a plurality of selectively mixable colored applicants; mixing at least some of selectively mixable colored applicants, thereby forming a desired colored applicant; applying the desired color applicant to the snowman; providing a hat; placing the hat upon the snowman; providing two arms; applying the two arms to the snowman; providing a scarf; and applying the scarf to the snowman.

According to a third non-limiting aspect of the present invention, a method for decorating a snowman is provided and includes the steps of dynamically creating a first prepared applicant of a desired color by dynamically and selectively mixing a first and a second pre-packaged applicant having respective and unique colors; applying the dynamically created first prepared applicant to the snowman; dynamically creating a second prepared applicant of a second desired color by dynamically and selectively mixing a third and a fourth pre-packaged applicant having respective and unique colors; and applying the dynamically created second prepared applicant to the created snowman.

According to a fourth non-limiting embodiment of the invention, a snowman creation method is provided which includes the steps of creating a first ball of snow; creating a second ball of snow; placing the second ball of snow onto the first ball of snow; dynamically creating a coloring agents; and applying the dynamically created coloring agent to at least one of the two created balls of snow.

These and other features, aspects, and advantages of the present invention will become apparent from a reading of the following detailed description of the preferred embodiment of the invention, including the subjoined claims, and by reference to the following drawings.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is an unassembled view of a snowman kit type assembly which is made in accordance with the teachings of a first non-limiting preferred embodiment of the invention.

FIG. 2 is side view of a plurality of unique coloring agents or applicants which are used by and incorporated within a snowman kit assembly which is made in the teachings of a second non-limiting embodiment of the invention and which are used by the various methodologies of the invention.

FIG. 3 is a diagrammatic view of some of the coloring applicants or agents, which are shown for example within FIG. 2, used to dynamically create a certain color applicator according to the teachings of one non-limiting methodology of the invention.

FIG. 4 is a perspective view of a snowman being created and decorated by the use of a dynamically created color applicator or agent according the various teachings of the inventions.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT OF THE INVENTION

Referring now to FIG. 1, there is shown a snowman creation kit type assembly 10 which is made in accordance with the teachings of a first non-limiting and preferred embodiment of the invention and which is selectively used by the various methodologies of the invention.

Particularly, the assembly 10 includes a generally hollow receptacle or bag 12 having, in one non-limiting embodiment, a width 14 of about seven to about eight inches and a height 16 of about nine to about ten inches. Other height and widths may, of course, be utilized. In this non-limiting embodiment, the front surface 15 of the receptacle 10 includes a fanciful design 18 of a snowman 20 onto which is operatively installed (in a pictoral manner) the various implements which are disposed within the receptacle 12. In this manner, the fanciful design 18 functions as an instruction manual to illustrate the use of the various contained implements which are described in more detail below.

The kit type assembly 10 further includes, respectively and removably residing within the receptacle 12, a selectively compressible or other type of hat 22, a scarf 24, a pair of substantially identical plastic arms 26, 28, and a plurality of coloring agents or applicators 30. The items 22, 24, 26, 28, and 30 have previously and cooperatively and collectively been referred to as “implements”.

Further, the group of applicators 30 include, in this first non-limiting embodiment of the invention, aerosol cans 40, 42, 44, and 46 having respective material 48, 50, 52, and 54 having the respectively unique color of green, red, blue, and brown (or some other respectively desired color). In one non-limiting embodiment of the invention, the material 48, 50, 52, and 54 respectively comprises food coloring (of a respective unique color) in combination with some aerosol material or expellant material, such as that used to selectively expel hairspray type material or other types of material from an aerosol can.

As the fanciful pictoral design 18 illustrates, once a snowman or snowman structure is built (e.g., shown in diagram form by the portion of the design 18 which is referred to by the number “20”), the hat 22 may be placed on the head portion of the created snowman or snowman structure (e.g., shown in diagram form by the portion of the design 18 which is referred to by the number “70”) and the scarf 24 and the arms 26, 28 may be similarly and respectively applied to and selectively inserted within the created snowman or snowman structure in the manner shown by the fanciful design 18. It should be appreciated that such a snowman structure is created by forming at least a first and at least a second ball or “piles” of snow, such as balls or piles 41, 43 in FIG. 4, and then placing one of the formed balls 41 onto the other ball 43. Of course, these “balls” or piles may have any desired shape and size. After these implements, such as implements 22, 24, 26, and 28, are placed or utilized on the created snowman structure, the aerosol cans 40-46 may be used, by the creator, to selectively emit colored material onto the created snowman or snowman structure in order to create an aesthetically pleasing overall design in a highly efficient manner an to create a snowman having a desired color or combination of colors. It should be appreciated that other colors of material may be substituted for or added to the group 30 and that nothing in this description should limit the utilized-coloring agents to a specific type or number of colors.

Referring now to FIG. 2, there is shown a group of material or applicators 100 which are used within the kit type assembly 10 in place of the group 30 in one alternate, but non-limiting embodiment of the invention. In another non-limiting embodiment, groups 100 and 30 are each used in assembly 10.

Particularly, each such applicator of group 100, such as applicators 110, 112, and 114 comprise a substantially transparent (e.g., plastic) and selectively sealed receptacle 116 which respectively contain uniquely colored material 118 (e.g., respectively and uniquely colored powdered food coloring). One non-limiting example of a suitable container 110 comprises that which is generally known as a “baggie”.

According to one non-limiting methodology of the invention and as is shown best in FIG. 3, a container 119 of water 120 or some other liquid is provided or created and selected material 118 from some or all of these applicators within the group 100, such as from applicators 110, 112, and 114, is placed within the contained liquid 120 as the liquid is mixed or shaken or generally agitated (e.g., shown by arrows 130, 132).

After the combination of the originally provided/acquired liquid 120 and the material 118 achieves the desired color, the combination may be selectively placed into a pump or other applicator 200 (e.g. such as a paint sprayer apparatus or such as a finger pump spray bottle such as that which is commercially known as a “Spray Master Spray Bottle”, manufactured and/or provided by Delta Industries and which may be viewed on the web page denoted as www.smartpakquine.com). Other types of bottle assemblies may be alternatively employed. A user 204 may then selectively place the desired and created colored material onto a previously built snowman structure 208 in order to form a desired design, such as design 210, on the snowman structure 208 and achieving an aesthetically pleasing overall appearance. The spray bottle(s) may also be placed within the receptacle 120.

Additional combinations of materials 118 may be made to form different colored material which may also be applied to the snowman structure 208 in order to achieve a multi-color and multi-design arrangement in a very efficient and highly aesthetically pleasing manner.

In one non-limiting embodiment of the invention, should the applicator group 100 be employed as part of the kit assembly 10, then a color guide 117 may also be placed within the receptacle 12. This guide 117 includes a plurality of entries, such as entry 131, which respectively include a respectively associated final color picture and/or description 121. Particularly, a description 121 includes a written or textual description which describes the corresponding amount and type of material (such as, by way of example and without limitation, material 48, 50, 52, 54, and/or 118), needed to be mixed/agitated to form the desired color which is shown and/or described in the entry 131 that the description 121 is respectively and uniquely associated with (e.g., the entry 131 which is next to the description 121). In this manner, the user 204 simply looks to the guide 117 for a desired color and mixes the type and amount of material corresponding to the desired color. Of course, the user 204 is free to mix any type and any amount of the material that is desired and the guide 117 is not meant to be an exhaustive listing or guide to every conceivable color one may obtain by the use of applicator group 110, just a convenient reference guide.

In another non-limiting embodiment of the invention the kit assembly 10 can include premixed colors in one or more canisters ready for use with a finger pump spray nozzle or another type of spraying assembly wherein the assembly of the spray nozzle and the premixed canisters may be substantially similar to the physical assembly of the Falcon Air Duster refill canister and the associated Spray Nozzle which are described, for example, within the web page entitled www.mrpcclean.co.uk (e.g., the color mixture may be placed within the canister). Other types of substantially similar “refill type nozzle assemblies” may be alternatively utilized.

It is to be understood that the present invention is not limited to the exact construction or methodology which has been illustrated above, but that various modifications may be made without departing from the spirit and the scope of the various non-limiting inventions as are more fully delineated in the following claims. It should be further understood and appreciated that the applicator group 100 allows the user 204 to dynamically select and mix colors and achieve unique color combinations “on the fly” in order to allow various single or multicolored designs to be incorporated or placed onto the snowman structure 208. Further, the contained implements allows a user, such as user 204, to officially and quickly create a desired snowman.





 
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